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Willie Boone

posted: Jan 13, 2010 1:34 pm | Comments (4)

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Theodore Pullen Sr.

posted: Jan 8, 2010 1:23 pm | Comments (0)

Theodore%20R.%20Pullen%202-23-1911%20-%2012-31-2009.jpgTheodore Pullen, Sr. 98, of New Haven passed away December 31, 2009. He was born to the late Kemp Pullen and Mime Solomon Pullen on February 23, 1911. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Alston Pullen.

Theodore was a compassionate man who often visited the elderly and helped the needy. He was known as a man full of wisdom and patience.

Mr. Pullen leaves to cherish his memory; sons Thomas and Theodore (Grace) of New Haven, CT, James of West Haven, CT, Joseph (Elnora) of Meriden, CT, and William Pullen (Deborah) of Hamden, CT; daughters, Ruthie Spruill (Joseph) of Hackensack, NJ, and Johnnie Ward (Frederick) of Waldorf, MD.  He leaves behind five generations of grandchildren, relatives, and friends.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased, by daughter Mary Willard, son Nelson Pullen, brothers, Fred, Ollie, and Booker Pullen; sisters Emma Manley, Nana Harris, Celia Solomon, and Gertrude Coley.  A Celebration of his Life will take place on Friday January 8, 2010 at 11 am at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1324 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10-11am. Interment will take place at Hamden Plains Cemetery Hamden, CT.  Messages of comfort can be left by visiting www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

Douglas Lilly

posted: Jan 8, 2010 1:19 pm | Comments (0)

20100108_DouglasLilly.jpgDouglas Lilly, 63, of New Haven, passed away on December 31, 2009 at Yale New Haven Hospital after a long illness. Beloved husband of Alfreda Black-Lilly. Born October 5, 1946 in Stanley County, NC, son of the late Alfonso Lilly and Catherine Barger Lilly. Doug retired from Stop & Shop Warehouse after 30 years as a fork lift operator. He also drove buses for 20 years for various companies: Double A, Peter Pan, Arrow/Coach USA, Faithway, Affordable, Cardinals and Pjford. Earlier years Doug worked at Pratt & Whitney. Besides his wife, he leaves 3 sons Atty Douglas G. Lilly (Elita) of Meriden, Petty Officer 1st Class Raphael Lilly (Trina) of Ocean Springs, MS and JC Reddick III of Pawtucket, RI, 3 brothers Alphonso Jr., Willie and David Lilly all of New Haven, 4 sisters Florence Henderson of Henderson, NV, Brenda Gramling, Barbara Jean Gibson and Beatrice Cheek all of New London, NC, 6 grandchildren, an aunt Mabel Christian and an uncle Julius Christian both of New London, NC, mother-in-law Annette Hicks Black of New Haven. In addition he leaves, adopted sons Kelven Howard of Hamden and Willie Elliott of Waterbury.  Several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a brother George Lilly and 2 sisters, Cathy Ann Telford and Mary Goins and sister-in-law Annette Black. A celebration of his life will take place at Friendship Baptist Church, 26 Edwards Street, Hamden, CT 06517 on Saturday January 9, 2010.  Friends may call Saturday from 8-9AM, 9 AM begins the funeral services.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. To leave a message of comfort to the Lilly family, please visit www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

Arlene Shaw

posted: Jan 8, 2010 1:09 pm | Comments (0)

Arlene%20Shaw%203-24-1952%20-%201-1-2010.jpgSuddenly, in this city, on Friday, January 1, 2010, Arlene Francis Shaw, age 57, went home to be with the Lord.  Ms. Shaw was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 24, 1952 and was the daughter of Douglas Shaw and the late Elizabeth Charlotte (Smith) Shaw, she received her education in New Haven Public School system. She was currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree from Penn Foster College.

For 25 years, she was an Administrative Assistant for the Director of the Head Start Program, Board of Education for the city of New Haven and was an active member of the Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church.  Affectionately known as “Leanie”, “State Mother”, “Mae Francis” and “MeMa” that is used by her grandchildren.  In addition to her father, Douglas Shaw, she is survived by her loving children, Travis Shaw and Lauren Nicole Shaw of New Haven, CT.  two grandchildren, Aiyana Elizabeth Shaw, and Ma’Leiah Jade Moody of New Haven,  four brothers, Douglas J. (Edna), and Dwayne S. Shaw of New Haven, Marvin (Dawn) Shaw of Cranston, Rhode Island and Dale (Susan) Shaw of New Britain, CT, one sister, Rozalind A. Shaw of New Haven and one godchild, Theodore L. Brooks III of New Haven, a special aunt, Doris Abad of Willingsboro, New Jersey, best friend, Yvonne Mitchell of New Haven, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and church family.  A celebration of her life will take place Friday January 8, 2010 at 7 PM Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church,782 Orchard Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Interment will take place Saturday January 9, 2010 at Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, CT at 10 AM.  Friends may call Friday at Beulah Heights from 5-7 PM.  To leave a message of comfort to the Shaw family, please visit www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

John Brown, Jr.

posted: Jan 8, 2010 1:06 pm | Comments (0)

John%20Brown%208-7-1977%20-%201-1-2010.jpgJohn R. Brown Jr., 32 of New Haven, CT passed away January 1, 2010.  John was born on August 7, 1977 in New Haven, CT to John Brown and Cythronia Dodson Brown of Bridgeport, CT.  He leaves to cherish his memory; father, John R. Brown of Bridgeport, CT; mother Cythronia Dodson Brown of Bridgeport, CT; sons, John R. Brown III and Amari Brown of New Haven, CT; daughters Rickkia M. Brown and Takhai T. Brown of New Haven, CT; brothers, Kareem Roseboro of Bridgeport, CT, Cyril Jack and Billy Wright Jr. of New Haven, CT; sisters, Shoy K. Brown and Cythronia T. Brown of New Haven, CT.  A celebration of his life will take place Saturday January 9, 2010 at 9 AM Morning Star Freewill Holiness,125 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511.  Friends may call Saturday at Morning Star from 8-9 AM.  To leave a message of comfort to the Brown family, please visit www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

John Cates

posted: Jan 8, 2010 1:00 pm | Comments (0)

20100108_JohnCates.jpgJohn H. Cates, 57 of New Haven passed away January 3, 2010.  John was born January 22, 1951 in New Haven, CT to the late John Cates and Wille Mae Cates-Dixon of West Haven, CT.  He leaves to cherish his memory; mother, Willie Mae Cates-Dixon; brothers, James Sasser (Carolyn) of North Haven, Kenneth Cates, Kevin Dixon (Judith), both of New Haven, Jarvis Dixon of MD; sisters, Carolyn Cates-Towles of New Haven, Beverly Cates-Pugh (Melvin) of VA, Doreen Cates-Henderson (Allen) of New Haven, Wanda Dixon of VA and a host of many relatives and friends.  Along with his father, he was predeceased by his brother, Bobby Dixon and sister, Deborah M. Cates-Saunders.  A celebration of his life will take place Friday January 8, 2010 at 11 AM at New Light Holy Church 198 Howard Avenue New Haven, CT 06519.  Friends may call Friday at the church from 9-11 AM.  Interment will be in Hamden Plains Cemetery, Hamden, CT.  Services by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services 1287 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06511.  To leave a message of comfort to the Cates family, please visit www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

Joan Avitabile

posted: Jan 6, 2010 11:33 am | Comments (7)

20100106_joan%20a.jpgJoan Lucia Avitabile, 67, died peacefully Monday January 4th surrounded by family and friends at Saint Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven.

Joan was the daughter of the late James Vincent Avitabile and Mary Papa Avitabile. She is survived by her brother James Avitabile his wife Maria their three daughters: Maria Alicia (Michael) Fernandez Lucia Lucia Elena (Robert) Mack and Carmen Gerardine (Timothy) Keslar and 8 great nieces/nephews her many beloved aunts uncles and cousins of the Avitabile and Papa families. She is also mourned by many dear friends who loved her like family.

Joan worked in the public schools and supermarkets of the area over the for almost 50 years. While attending college Joan worked as a meat wrapper to pay for her education
and continued part-time work in the supermarkets in customer service and new store set-up for many years even when she became a guidance counselor. She made close and lifelong friends with her co-workers.

When she graduated from SCSU Joan began her career in education as a 2nd grade teacher in Branford. She began to work in the New Haven Public Schools in 1969. She worked on Special Projects and then as a guidance counselor at the Sheridan Middle School. In 1975 Joan began to work at High School in the Community where she remained as the counselor and important member of the leadership group of the school for more than 20 years. Her educational philosophies were critical to the progress and strength of the school. She worked with students parents teachers central school administrators always with the belief that each individual deserved respect. She saw the goodness in everyone.

When after twenty years she left High School in the Community she served as assistant principal at Lincoln-Bassett K-8 School and then retired. Joan later returned to work part-time at the Sound School then at the Metropolitan Business Academy and finally at CROSS CT Scholars Academy. She was responsible for guidance of the students but also played an essential role in the development of those new schools and programs. She was paid for part-time work but Joan never did anything part-time. She worked tirelessly to improve the schools for the benefit of the students of New Haven.

She was widely loved and respected by colleagues throughout the school system and by those many hundreds of students she worked with over her long career. Many credit her guidance with inspiring them to achieve leadership positions in education or to follow her path in counseling. Her compassion humor energy and vision were extraordinary. She will be greatly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning at 9:30 in St. Vincent de Paul Church Taylor Ave. East Haven. Entombment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery Mausoleum. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Clancy Funeral Home 43 Kirkham Ave. East Haven.

Donations in her honor can be made to the New Haven Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 8936 New Haven Ct. 06532-8936 or online at Newhavenscholarshipfund@yahoo.com . www.clancyfuneral.com

There is also a Facebook memorial page here.

William E. Johnston, Jr.

posted: Jan 6, 2010 11:20 am | Comments (3)

20100106_johnston%2C%20william%20jr.jpgOn December 28, 2009, New Haven lost a champion of the people. William “Bill” E. Johnston, Jr., age 72, passed away at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford after a long battle with respiratory illness.

Born in “Sugar Hill” Harlem, NYC to William E. Johnston, Sr. and Ernestine Steele Johnston, Bill graduated from Hillhouse High School and studied Social Science at the University of New Haven. From 1955-1959 he served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Great Britain. In the 1960s he became director of New Haven’s Legion Community Center, a program of CPI’s Model City.  He was Property Manager of 2,500 housing units for the new town of Reston in Virginia for Gulf Oil and then advanced to Vice President of Human Resources at the Gulf Oil World Headquarters in Pittsburgh. Returning to his activist roots, he became a consultant for Gateway Development Corporation in New Haven and Director of Development for Cities in Schools in Washington, DC before becoming Program Director for Columbus House in New Haven, leading that organization’s increasingly-meaningful role in the local community from 1991 to 2006. Bill was President and Board Member of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Board Member of the Hill Development Corporation; Empower New Haven; and Family Counseling of Greater New Haven.  He most recently served as Board Member of the Christian Community Action Agency, Inc. and an appointed Commissioner to the City of New Haven Homelessness Commission.

Bill touched countless lives in his community family, but none more so than those of his immediate family that he leaves behind: loving wife Judith Ziomek Johnston; daughter Elizabeth Johnston and her partner Lizzette Flores; son William E. Johnston, III, his wife Shannon and their children Emma and William; nieces Valerie Aldrich and Carmen Carr; and nephews Hayward H. Gatling, Jr. and Edward Brinkley.

His family wishes to thank all the nurses and healthcare professionals coordinated by Dr. Ernest Moritz with special appreciation for the Hospital of St. Raphael respiratory staff.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 17, at 3 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Friends may visit with his family two hours prior to the service. Internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Christian Community Action Agency, Inc., 168 Davenport Ave., New Haven, CT 06519 or City of New Haven Community Services Administration (CSA) on behalf of the Homelessness Commission, 165 Church St., New Haven, CT 06510. To send condolences to his family, contact contact www.beecherandbennett.com.

Freddie Fixer Passes

posted: Jan 5, 2010 3:05 pm | Comments (37)

edgrantsaward.pngHis real name was Ed Grant. He pioneered “environmental justice” before anyone invented the phrase.

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“Mr. Windows” Left His Mark

posted: Dec 31, 2009 12:02 pm | Comments (13)

Benson%20010.jpgDowntown they knew Benson Hameen McAuley as the guy who lived hand to mouth by washing windows and doing odd jobs. At Masjid Al-Islam on George Street they knew him as a stalwart at pre-dawn prayer services and an example of the life-changing effects of following the tenets of Islam.

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